Peter Biello


Peter was a Producer/Announcer at VPR until 2015. He began his public radio career in 2007 at WHQR-FM in Wilmington, North Carolina where he served as Morning Edition host and reporter, covering county government and Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base. His work has won several Associated Press awards and has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and PRI's This American Life. A graduate of the creative writing program at the University of Maine at Farmington, Peter enjoys writing, cooking and traveling.

At the Statehouse, some Vermont farmers are raising public safety and liability concerns about a bill that would grant driver identification cards to Vermont residents who are in this country illegally. It appears to be an effort to stall the legislation, which easily cleared the Senate.  Migrant workers and their advocates say some of the farmers’ arguments sound offensive and discriminatory. Entergy Vermont Yankee has sued the state again in federal court, claiming the state has delayed approval of a back-up emergency generator.

For years, House Democrats have been reluctant to consider changes to Act 68, the state’s education funding law, but projections of double digit increases in spending over the next two years have changed the debate at the Statehouse. The push to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana has hit a snag in the Vermont state Senate.  A lobbyist for an industry group supporting wind power has apologized to a Vermont Senate committee after a witness she brought in called health concerns connected with wind power "hoo-hah," nonsense and propaganda.

Legislation that began with a proposed moratorium on wind development has been whittled down to a study of how all electric generation projects are sited.  Both sides say they’re happy with the outcome. Justice Brian L. Burgess is retiring from the Vermont Supreme Court. Dartmouth College is canceling classes after students who staged a recent protest decrying homophobia, sexual assault and racism on campus were targeted by online threats.

There’s not a lot of time left in the legislative session, but the House could still vote on a bill that would require labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs in food. Addison County State’s Attorney David Fenster and Attorney General William Sorrell say Middlebury Police officers were justified in the use of deadly force in an incident last October.  A man has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges connected to a scheme to defraud hundreds of investors in a movie.

A bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana is expected to come up for a final vote in the House next week before moving to the Senate. VPR's Bob Kinzel talks with Peter Biello about the argument the bill's opponents are making.

Vermont Lawmakers this week looked at legislation that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. VPR's Bob Kinzel lays out the arguments in favor and against and discusses the likelihood of the bill's passage with Peter Biello.